Soledad Reports: Santorum supporter sounds off
January 2nd, 2012
01:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Soledad Reports: Santorum supporter sounds off

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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mike Schwed came all the way to Iowa from upstate New York on his vacation.

"I came 4 years ago and really enjoyed the access to candidates and the press," he said.

He supports Rick Santorum because his answers are not "pat answers, he discusses complicated topics and admits there are not easy answers."

He says he met Mitt Romney in a room of just 30 people "and [he] couldn't even convince them."

He saw Rick Perry at a dinner last night and he was "like a Ken doll."

He saw Newt Gingrich at an event and "he didn't even speak."

He came to a Ron Paul event to hear him out and wasn't convinced.

He said he thinks the debt isn't being discussed enough.

"The borrowing is out of control and we need to discuss it seriously," he said.

"I like that he covered the debt problem," he said of Gingrich, before saying he would probably still vote for Santorum.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Republicans • Rick Santorum
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Well if the debt is his concern he really should've given Ron Paul more consideration. Dr. Paul is the only candidate who will do everything he can to cut the budget by $1 trillion in the first year, and the only candidate who supports the policies of truly small government that will allow such cuts to take place. Only with drastic across the board spending cuts will the debt ever be controlled. Rick Santorum on the other hand rarely found a spending bill he would say no too. He hates gay people, so what. Gay people being allowed to marry isn't going to raise my taxes and it won't further saddle my future children with the debt of the Baby Boom generation. However, the policies Rick Santorum advocates will do both of those things. If the homophobic theocrat Santorum gets the nomination, I probably would just not vote for President in 2012. I am tired of voting for the same thing over and over, and as bad as Santorum and some of these other candidates are, Obama is even worse.

    January 2, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Tex71

    Plus Santorum says Gawd told him to run for President.

    January 2, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Schwed, President Obama HAS BEEN addressing the debt problem, first by putting on the books what we really owe from two unfunded wars, unfunded Medicare Part D and the effects of tax cuts during wartime (NEVER done in our nation's history).

    You're a Republican; when are you going to man up and admit that it is YOUR party's responsibility for the financial mess we're in?

    And when will you admit that 10 years of tax cuts for the wealthy has PROVEN that it doesn't result in jobs here in the US?

    And while you're being honest with yourself, when will you admit that President Obama's economic policies kept us from going into a Great Depression and the Republican obstruction and a desire to do everything they can to hurt the economy and then blame it on President Obama has done nothing except slow down the recovery?

    Santorum has NOTHING new to offer in terms of economic policies; why would you vote for him? Besides no good ideas, Santorum doesn't get the fundamental separation of church and state our nation was founded upon.

    January 2, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. rpaulwmson

    Santorum is a loser, just this week's favorite flavor. He took a terrific beating by Casey in his last Senate race, never met an earmark he didn't love, and his social conservatism will not help manage the US economy. A week from now he will be stale news like Cain, Gingrich, Perry, Bachman and Palin. I get the distinct impression Republicans do not like any of their candidates; as soon as the next one gets the spotlight in them, they are found to have feet of clay or some unspeakable political or social disease. Wait until the true believers find out Paul wants to unilaterally disarm the US and eliminate social security and medicare. Ron Paul is a senile, tired old man who has listened to his own rheteric so long he actually believes it. Bishop Romney, although he is a Mormon Saint with magic underwear, has not got a clue on anything except how to destroy companies while enriching himself; he takes after the con artists Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Obama is the only sane choice in 2012;he is the only adult running.

    January 2, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    You know, this guy can`t be to smart, to vacation in Iowa. He is not a true Republican because Chaney said that debt doesn`t matter. If he were a true Republican, he would know that. Vacationing in Iowa, ha ha ha ha.

    January 2, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Larry L

    @rpaulwmson

    Great posting! You said it all!

    January 2, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. cigarman

    Number one, this guy cant be to smart to be vacationing in Iowa. Number two, Dick Cheney said that deficits do not matter. If this guy was a true Republican, he would believe in The Godfather Chaney. The Republicans NEVER worried about debt or deficits until Obama became President. Is it me, or is that a little strange?

    January 2, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    The problem the GOP/TP party is having choosing a candidate is entirely self created. When your criteria is proven failed policies, religious fanaticism and despising intelligence, you get ignorant religious fanatics that think the continuing to give tax breaks to the uber-rich will somehow translate into more jobs.

    Obama 2012 – Because being an overachiever is a good thing

    January 2, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. NC

    @cigarman, I agree 100%.

    January 2, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Duke One

    Santorum is not a fiscal conservative, he is a big spending government Senator who just yesterday said that he supports his record of earmarks ! He alsp supported Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey, a true consevative, helping Specter to narrowly win in Pennsylvania. Specter was the 60th vote for the passage of Obamacare !!!! Oh, and did I mention that Arlen Specter switched parties in 2009 to become a Democra before he retired !!! Vote PERRY 2012 !!

    January 2, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |